Maggie Muth has a BFA in Painting (with a minor in drawing) from MECA, and a two year certificate in Stitched Textiles from the Opus School of Textile Arts in the UK. She has been a life-long stitcher and been a community artist at Maine Fiber Arts, Port Fiber, Mayo Street Arts, the American Visionary Art Museum, as well as overseas. She is the Founder of the open itinerant stitching space for all: #stitchHIVE Portland Maine.
In November of 2014, Mayo Street Arts studio artist Maggie Muth lived in Moldova teaching art and English in several village schools and a mental health center in Chisinau. Regular art programming is non-existent in these schools, and Maggie donated her time and money to help make art education accessible for these areas.
From a staff member at the community mental health center where she taught: “Art therapy again… Maggie gets full of enthusiasm and encourages everyone to do the martisor (two flakes or flowers of opposite colors), white and red which represent blood and snow according to legend. White and red fabric, wires, crochet hooks and away! In the middle of the class, you find Maggie’s tablet…Classical music…the energy is unforgettable! Languages in use? Romanian, Russian , English, Italian, Spanish, sign language…and we all get it!”
Maggie states “I get the privilege of working with adults and children with a wide range of mental, physical, psychological, spiritual stuff. This is a hard place to live and support is not readily available to most.”
To learn more about Maggie and her work, visit her artist page here.
Painter Leslie Anderson’s subjects range from landscapes of Blue Hill in the summer to still life and summer imagery in the winter.
In February 2015, Ari Erlbaum from the Salt Institute in Portland took a series of photos of Leslie painting. These were used for a project depicting different processes. Below are a few select photos from the series.
You can see more of Leslie’s work on her website.
photos Ari Erlbaum 2015
12 x 12 oil paint and cold wax on birch boards
Colleen Bedard works full time as a Realtor with RE/MAX Shoreline while having had a studio here at MSA for several years now. She currently works with oil paint and cold wax, but has worked with various mediums over the years including print making, encaustics, and glass beads while showing most of her work locally at small venues such as coffee shops. In 2005 her glass bead jewelry was selected for the Center of Maine Contemporary Art Work of the Hand jured show. In April she will be attending a workshop at The Ballinglen Arts Foundation (Ireland) on cold wax and oil painting to refine her most present craft. Colleen is the founder of Society for East End Arts (SEA), a past board member of Maine Crafts Association, Portland Arts and Cultural Alliance, and other various community organizations. She enjoys taking classes at MECA, Haystack, and Penland School of Crafts.
Jonathan Balzano Brookes
Jonathan Balzano Brookes, born and raised in Portland, Maine, is a fourth generation resident of Portland’s beautiful Munjoy Hill neighborhood. He is a painter, illustrator, and writer of songs and short stories. In 2002 Jonathan received a BFA in Painting at the Maine College of Art. While attending college, he and several friends from school formed a band now called Phantom Buffalo. He sings, plays guitar, contributes album art, and writes most of the songs for the band. Phantom Buffalo has released four albums international, toured across the US, France, Beligium, Mexico, and has received glowing reviews in many European music blogs and magazines. All of Jonathan’s creative endeavors are very influenced by children’s books. Attempting to make work that creates a peaceful, positive feeling is a main objective for him. Jonathan still lives on Munjoy Hill with his wife, Jackie, their daughter, Roseline, and their son, Jamison.